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Matthew Brown recognized as Board Certified Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law by the Ohio State Bar Association

Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP is pleased to announce that Matthew Brown has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) as a Legal Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law in the State of Ohio. He joins a total of 696 other Ohio State Bar Association Certified Attorneys in 11 specialty areas. As of January 2017, only 24 Ohio attorneys are recognized as Insurance Coverage Specialists and Mr. Brown is 1 of 3 practicing in the Central Ohio area.

All attorneys licensed to practice law in Ohio must have graduated from an accredited law school, passed an intensive examination and attend continuing legal education courses as required by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Attorneys who devote a large part of their practice to a particular area of the law may choose to go beyond these requirements to earn specialty certification.

"Becoming certified as a specialist helps attorneys strengthen their practice skills in a particular area of the law and earn an additional professional credential. They can also use this designation to inform their clients of their legal expertise," said OSBA President Ron Kopp. "The Ohio State Bar Association congratulates these attorneys who have successfully completed the certification process."

To become certified, attorneys must: demonstrate substantial and continuing involvement in a particular field of law, meaning they must devote at least 25 percent of their practice to that area of law; submit five professional references attesting to their competency in the specialty area; have earned a minimum of 36 hours of intermediate or advanced continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the past three years as part of the continuing legal education hours required of all attorneys; pass a written examination; prove financial responsibility by maintaining minimum professional liability insurance coverage; and remain in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Attorneys who have earned specialty certification must file annual reports attesting to compliance with program requirements. Additionally, they must be re-certified at least every four to seven years by meeting all of the original requirements for certification except the written examination.

The Ohio State Bar Association is the largest certifying agency in Ohio. It is currently accredited to certify specialists in 11 areas of law.

Mr. Brown joined Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP in 2008 and concentrates his practice on business litigation, securities and intellectual property.

Formerly employed by one of Ohio’s largest property and casualty insurers, he has extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and the impact of coverage. His broad insurance coverage experience ranges from property & casualty, commercial general liability, directors & officers and errors & omissions. He is licensed to practice in Ohio, Michigan, the Federal District Court Southern District of Ohio, Northern District of Ohio, and Western District of Michigan.

Matt was recognized as Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine’s “Rising Star” in January 2009, 2010, and 2014 editions.

For nearly 50 years Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP has concentrated on responsively serving the legal and business needs of Central Ohio businesses and individuals. The firm lends its extensive experience in counseling on business financing, tax planning, and mergers & acquisitions. In addition, the attorneys at Carlile Patchen & Murphy provide skilled guidance in the areas of: estate planning, litigation, labor and employment, real estate, banking, securities, insurance and family law.